Later, France gave Lebanon a parliamentary system and, for the first time in the Middle East, created a nation where Christians had a strong political presence: each government office was apportioned to a representative of the country's main sects, with the presidency reserved for the Maronite Christians.The privileging of Christians in governmental positions was one of the main reasons for the civil war, when the population percentage shifted in favor of the Muslims. Although the various communities in Lebanon share a similar ethnic background, the fact that they are of different religions and they define their cultural and often geographical boundaries through religious affiliation has always been a source of discord.Further, while occasionally it is appropriate to simply voice your agreement or approval, not all of your posts should be of this variety: Text size A A A.Last seen 11 days ago Seeks a lady, I am british and he knew when he married me that I am a strong independant women with views of my own We strive to improve our service while keeping memebrship prices at a minimal cost and it can be made possible only with your trust and support, so feel free to invite your friends to Arm Room.and absorbed aspects of the many other cultures around them.The Phoenicians are celebrated today in the government-supervised history books as the inventors of the alphabet and as the symbol of Lebanon's golden past.In the medieval period, Christian minorities often helped the Crusaders.This created a close relationship between Lebanese Christians, particularly the Maronites, and Europe, particularly France.
Latin later became common, and finally the Arab invasion in the eighth century introduced and assured the hegemony of Arabic.
Lebanon is bounded on the north and east by Syria, on the west by the Mediterranean, and on the south by Israel.
Lebanon consists of two mountain chains, the Lebanon and the ante-Lebanon; a narrow coastal strip, where all the major cities lie; and a fertile plain, the Bekaa valley, which lies between the two mountain chains and provides most of the local agricultural produce.
The capital, Beirut, was chosen for its ideal location on the Mediterranean and acts as the heart of Lebanon's banking industry, tourism, and trade.
The port of Beirut is the busiest and most important in the country. As of 1994, the population of Lebanon was estimated to be 3,620,345.